Cost: Free | Developer:Kik Interactive | Platform:iOS/Android/Symbian | Version 5.5.0 | 7.2MB | 4.0+
Kik Messenger is a free cross-platform messaging service that works like the iPhone’s iMessage feature.
The reason that this app is great is because it does not require you to register your phone number to use, meaning that you don’t have to distribute your personal details to individuals you don’t know well, but still wish to speak to.
For example, if you’re an Instagram user like myself (or a fan of the multitude of social networks available) and you come across a great photographer or musician, you can advertise your Kik username, and chat to them in a not-so personal way. Of course, they must be Kik users too.
As mentioned, the app operates like iMessage (and WhatsApp), allowing you to send text messages and photos, as well as partake in group conversations via 3G or a Wi-Fi connection.
Kik runs smoothly, and operation is fast. Beside each message, the app tells you whether it has been sent ‘s’, delivered ‘d’, or read ‘r’, so you know if it has been seen or lost in translation.
The app’s user interface is basic and clear. It lists all your conversations, and has a ‘compose’ feature which allows you to search the Kik database for friends’ (or photographers/artists, as in the example) names.
It also has in-built settings, allowing you to adjust your push-notification preferences, and take care of your account and privacy. It even lets you change the colour of your chat bubbles.
As an added bonus, the app has no ads.
Pros: Free, fast operation and message delivery, does not require mobile number.
Cons: Offers nothing captivating or revolutionary.
Verdict: A good app for conversing and meeting new people without giving away your personal mobile number
Get it here:Apple App Store
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